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How To Stage And Photograph Your Home To Sell It Quickly

Last month I met a lovely couple and their young child.  They had decided to move.  Like many other families of their age, they needed more space.  However they had made the fatal mistake of house hunting first which had resulted in them finding a home they loved.  They needed a quick sale.  However they also needed a top price in order to be able to afford their dream property.

Does this situation sound familiar?  If so this weeks top tips are just for you.  This is what we did.  It worked.  Their home is sold……

How to stage and photograph your home to help it sell quickly




Begin by making your rooms look more spacious.  Remove any excess furniture and minimise wherever you can.  In your living areas this may mean tidying shelves, hiding things away in cupboards.  In kitchens it may mean clearing work surfaces.  In bedrooms neaten your bedsides and hide away shoes and clothes in cupboards.  De-cluttering really does work.

Clean and touch up

Look objectively at your home.  Now is the time to really give it a thorough clean.  Make it sparkle and shine.  Touch up any paint work.  If you want a great price your decor needs to be fresh and tidy.  If you find it difficult cutting in, its worth calling a professional in or asking a family member for help!



Accessories are an estate agents best friend.  It works for the show houses so it will work for you.  Think like a hotel and dress your bed.  Invest in statement light fittings for your main living areas.  Plump up cushions in your lounge.  Make sure your home co-ordinates and flows.  It all helps to impress those buyers


Your photos

Make sure your property photos are worth showing off.  Great photos attract buyers to come look.  Poor photos can put them off.  Make sure they are bright and show off the room.  They also need to be honest too, so on viewing days it’s really important your home looks like the photos taken.  Keep them handy for a quick reference point.

Add in a full marketing package and an experienced sales team and your home will also sell quickly for a premium price.  We agreed 34 new sales in September.  Can we help you move?  Call now for your free home move consultation.  At JDG we are here to help!

My name is Michelle Gallagher.  If you are considering moving, please give us a call.  At JDG we are here to help.  Our advice is free.   Call me on 01524 843322 04 01524 409100


4 things we can learn from car sales when it comes to selling your home

Have you seen any of the new reg cars out yet?  I’ve spied 5 so far this month.  All nice and gleaming, their bodywork still shiny.  The owners driving them look so as pleased as punch, excited about their new vehicle.

It’s strange but I always know when my husband ( aka Mr JDG ) is thinking of changing his car.  The car not only gets washed and polished, but the inside is cleaned and the dashboard polished until it shines. It gleams.  He takes it very seriously.  If you get chance, ask him about the time he polished it with a tin of pledge!  Apparently he’s not alone ( except the pledge polish bit ).

According to my friend who works in car sales, many people do this when they are considering a part exchange.  They hope that by doing this, they’ll get a much better deal.  People often have their chips in the alloy wheels fixed and little dents fixed!

It got me thinking.  If we do all of this as standard when it comes to selling our car, why don’t we apply the same principles when it comes to selling our home?

4 things we can learn from the car industry when it comes to seeing your home
Here are 4 great ideas for the car industry that we can learn


Clean and Polish

When we decide to sell our car, we give it a full valet.  Why should we treat a house differently?  Your home is your biggest tax-free asset.  Make sure it is spic and span.  If necessary, steam clean the carpets and wash those windows inside and out.  Polish your fittings ( including your door handles and bathroom taps ) so they shine!  Cleaner houses attract higher offers!

Fix any small problems

From a dripping tap, through to a door that won’t close properly, it’s alway worth fixing those small jobs that you never quite got around too.  Little things like this can make a huge difference to the pice someone will offer on your home.  You’d do it for a car sale to get a few hundred pounds more.  It could add thousands to your house sale!

Make it smell great

New cars always smell great.  Apparently you can now buy new car air freshener!  I’ve never tried it, however I am tempted!  People like the smell of a clean fresh car, whether they are buying new or 2nd hand.  Now apply the same principle to your home.  I’ve written about this before.  The smell of vanilla for example is associated with luxury.  Citrus is fresh whilst Lavender is so relaxing!


Get your Paperwork in order 

One of things the car industry is really great at is making sure their paperwork is order.  Would you  buy a car with no MOT or a missing service history?  How about one with no log book?  By getting your paperwork in order for your home, you can often sell it quicker and for a better price.  You can demonstrate it’s value.  Buyers also feel reassured and more trusting.  Make sure you have any guarantees and certificates for work to hand.

Can we help you move?  Call us for a free home consultation.  At JDG we are here to help.   My name is Michelle Gallagher.   Call us on 01524 843322 or 409100

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